Question Removable USB flash drives are shown with generic icon

Apr 29, 2021
I am using Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit (6.3, Build 9600) on laptop dell inspiron 3542 core i7 and for some reason all my removable USB flash drives are shown with generic icons whatever their manufacturer of format are:

This doesn't affect the performance and every thing works fine.

I switched to a different user on the same PC and the same operating system and the icons are shown correctly:

Now I know it is a problem with the user but don't know how to fix it.


Win 10 Master
this is different

Try this, it checks windows health:
right click start button
choose powershell (admin)
type SFC /scannow and press enter
once its completed, copy/paste this command into same window:

Repair-WindowsImage -Online -RestoreHealth
and press enter

(this might not work in 8.1)

SFC fixes system files, second command cleans image files, re run SFC if it failed to fix all files and restart PC

could try clearing icon cache -

I found a few links and then noticed you using win 8.1, not 10.